Johnny Curry

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Name: Johnny Curry
Born: 1920-10-14
Died: 2005-03-30 (Age:84)
Hometown: Wheatley Hill, County Durham, United Kingdom
Boxing Record: click

A letter from Johnny Curry:

Johnny Curry
31 Henderson Ave
Wheatley Hill
Co Durham
           I was born on 14th October 1920. My first professional fight
was on Friday May 15th 1932, against George Stoves of Seaham at Seaham
Miners Hall. I won on points over 4 rounds, I was 11 years 6 months old,
and got 5 shillings (old money). 
           My brother Charlie and I were always known as Pat Gorman's
nippers. Pat was great, he told us to defend ourselves at all times,
left hand first cover yourself and then attack underneath the body. Your
opportunity would then come for a lovely left or right hook.
           Charlie and I boxed in Belfast 4 times. My first fight in
Ireland was against Jackie Campbell of Belfast at Chappersfield Arena. I
was beaten on points over 10 rounds. The last fight of my career was in
1938 on my 18th birthday. I lost in the 9th round with a cut eye at
Albion Road, North Shields. On the same bill Tommy Smith of Sunderland
beat George Smith on points, the referee was Tommy Watson of Newcastle.
My cut eye needed stitches at Sunderland Eye Infirmary. I was told not
to box again.
           However it is in my blood, and in 1947 I decided to make a
comeback. My comeback fight was at Darlington Baths Hall and I won on
points over 8 rounds. I then had 3 more fights winning them all by a KO
in the 1st or 2nd round. I beat Johnny Smith of Clydebank in 2 rounds (
He was the lightweight Champion of Scotland). I fought top of the bill
at Horden Workingmen's Club, open air, against Wally Simpson of Thornaby
and KO'd him in the 1st round. He never boxed again.
           I also boxed at the Engineers Club open air, 6 times,
winning 4 and losing 2. My last fight was against Sergeant Bert Gordon
of Bridlington where I got a cut eye in round 9. The doctor told me not
to fight again.
           My favourite fighter was Joe Louis, the best there's ever
been. He fought at 13st 10lb. Now Heavyweights are 17 or 18stone and
seem to cuddle each other. Also my brother Charlie was a lovely boxer.
He fought Ronnie James of Swansea at Maestag. He got a cut eye like me
in Round 9, but had been a winner all the way. Ronnie said Charlie Curry
was the best boxer he had ever met. A month later Ronnie beat Eric Bay
Boon or Chartemio for the British Title.
           That's it,
                                   Johnny Curry